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Curing Hamstring Pain

Pain that originates at our “butt” bones, behind/sides of the knee, or anywhere in between could be indicating a hamstring injury!  First, let’s discuss a little bit about the hamstring anatomy and its function in our daily life.

The hamstring is comprised of three muscles:

  • Biceps femoris
  • Semitendinosis
  • Semimembranosus

These three muscles all originate at the ischial tuberosity, commonly referred to as your “butt” bones, and inserts below the knee on your tibia and fibula.  The Hamstrings primary function is to not only flex your knee, but also assist in extending the hip. During everyday activities, the hamstring has a primary role in walking, jumping, and running.

Who can experience a hamstring injury?

Since the hamstring has such a primary role in our everyday life, it can become a common source of injury not just in athletes but in the non-athletic populations as well. Different injuries that can occur are:

  • Sudden and acute strains in the muscle fibers
  • Acute or chronic Tendonitis/osis 
    • Injuries to the tendons where the muscle originates at the hips or inserts at the knees. 
  • Low back pain 
    • Due to decreased flexibility and tightness in our muscles causing increased rotation at the hips.

How can I treat this pain?

If you are suffering from any of the described issues or anything else from head to toe, Call LSTC today at, 703-450-4300! Let our Doctors of Physical Therapy assess your complaints and assist you in achieving the best possible you! Schedule your evaluation and start living pain free today!

 

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